If you’re someone who is committed to living consciously, you’ve already proved that your mindset is a refreshing departure from the take-all, eat-all and use-all approach.
Like some of your close friends, you’re over and done with the maddening pace of life. All you’re looking for is a sanctuary where you can create your own serene cocoon and live a healthy life in harmony with nature. A life where you’re surrounded by like-minded people, who are also in the same pursuit.
Well, the answer for your quest is an Eco-Community. In simpler terms, an Eco-Community is an inclusive holistic eco-system in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy development for the people and planet.
Sustainability is a Mindset…and a Long-term Goal
Unless the people who invest in an Eco-Community are of a certain temperament, it doesn’t serve the purpose. That’s the point you need to consider when you’re aligning yourself to build an Eco-community.
Just like you and your friends, a group of doctors wanted to build their own eco-community in Nizamabad. They approached and chose to be mentored by Organo, an Eco-Habitat Builder based in Hyderabad, and are building their 1st Eco-community called Rurban Nest.
With our track-record of constructing Award-Winning Eco-habitats in Hyderabad, these pioneering doctors hired Metaphor as their design-build contractors to manifest the project.
Here are key lessons they have shared for fellow-first-time eco-habitat co-creators:
- Mindset is paramount
- Sustainable mindset can’t be limited to or focussed on short-term results. Patience, openness, and grit to create the change are supreme for all members of the team.
- Even after the acceptance of the idea and aligning to a common purpose as a group, you have to be open to critics, naysayers, resistance, early or midway withdrawals but what is most important is that the majority should keep up the spirit.
- Empathic Leadership is critical
- Even a group of like-minded individuals need a leader, a guide who directs the collective voice; one who keeps the group on the right track away from diversions and motivates them to stay on the course.
- It is always better to have a mentor; a guiding light who will hand-hold them on the journey.
- Communication is the key
- Timely communication among the group plays a pivotal role. It is also advised to have periodic meetups to review and appraise the progress.
- Setting Realistic Expectations
- As a community, it is important to understand various facets of living in an eco-habitat, the changing aspects well before the community is being formed.
- Be aware of farming and animal husbandry related aspects
- Understand other aspects of sustainability – solar energy productions, water harvesting etc as a first hand user
- Staying educated on your community infrastructure and how to run it is very important
- Being prepared for the long-run
- Be prepared for the contingency beyond the planned financial phases. It is important to have a well-planned financial set-up and let the entire group understand and abide by this.
- Financial matters can make or break the entire spirit of the group. It is important to have an auditor, a legal advisor who will guide the statutory and financial aspects of the group and will bring a neutral perspective.
Are you part of a group of people interested in a healthy natural holistic way of life? Are you looking for that design-build partner, who can make it happen for you? Are you planning to leave behind a legacy built on sustainability for your children and grandchildren?